On 26.01.2010 16:19, Tony M. wrote:
What’s the best way to install a Ruby (non-rails) application?
So far I’ve built and written a launchable gem on my Mac. There’s a
script, /lib/appname.rb that does everything. When I install the gem
(which works like a charm) on a WIN machine, the user has to open a cmd
window and launch C:\Ruby\lib\ruby\gems\1.8\gems\appname\lib\appname.rb
plus arguments, which I think is pretty ugly.
I’m clueless on how I can make this a bit more userfriendly.
This could help.
Alternatively: Both the OneClickInstaller and the new RubyInstaller.org
register both the .rb and .rbw extensions with ruby.exe and rubyw.exe,
Calling just the script launches Ruby. In the first case, with command
line, in the second case without command line.
So, just create an installer that packages your application, writes
files to the necessary locations, creates Start Menu entries, and
creates an uninstaller. We Windows user expect all that.
Registry keys to look for:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\RubyFile\shell\open # CLI Ruby
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\RubyWFile\shell\open # “headless”
You can also take a look at the InnoSetup files of the RubyInstaller
Alas, Ruby doesn’t create its own Registry hive, so you cannot check for
the Ruby version with any ease (I’ll file a feature request for that).
NSIS is an OSS installer package:
Alas, you’ll have to compile it yourself on MacOS X, but maybe somebody
else already did that for you.
If you don’t want to rely on a particular Ruby version, but rather
provide your own, just include one in your install package. Keep in
mind, you’ll have to keep track of dependencies yourself, since you
cannot use RubyGems’ dependency tracking.